A quick note to announce the release of our FREE Chinese iPhone software. A mobile version of the Popup Chinese Writing Pad, the Chinese Writer application comes with an interactive twenty-five character tutorial that teaches the basic rules of how to write Chinese characters stroke by stroke. There’s also an expert practice mode for advanced students that lets you practice writing several hundred more characters. And yes… there is full support for traditional characters.
Regardless of whether you’re totally new to writing characters or an old-hand, this application is useful to have. It will force you to write your characters with all of your strokes in the correct order and proper proportion. It will teach total beginners the meanings of many common characters, and is fun too. It’s the sort of thing you can use to practice for five minutes in the car, or when you have a few minutes between appointments.
If you have an iPhone or an iTouch, please do check it out. And do us a favor by rating the software and (ideally) leaving a recommendation to help others find it as well.